“But we don’t have any plans for moving anywhere else, or another piece of property in mind for ourselves. We’re really in infancy when it comes to that.”
But, he said, “The DORA thing is definitely a plus for that property.”
“There’s definitely been talk about Cohen looking to redevelop the site itself,” said Mallory Greenham, a small-business development specialist for the city.
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“Once we were looking at the DORA legislation, and we were adding East High Street (to Ohio 4) and B Street (a few blocks south of Main Street), we thought maybe we would do something similar that we did to Spooky Nook, which was set the area up for expansion of the DORA — kind of hold it as a place-holder — until we figured out what Cohen was going to do with the site,” Greenham said. “But it’s suspended up until that development happens.”
“It will not expand to that area until Cohen develops the site,” she said.
Greenham said she believed the idea was to create “a true mixed-use project … if it happens. Nothing is set in stone at this point.”
There’s another advantage of adding the Cohen property to the DORA, once Spooky Nook is developed, and if the Cohen property is too, Greenham said: “You will basically be able to walk from Main Street to Spooky Nook, across the Black Street Bridge, Cohen’s site, and through kind-of the back side of German Village.”
“So the DORA would essentially make a giant loop,” she said.
Matt Pater, the owner of Arches Saloon, told the Journal-News this week the DORA expansion, which City Council may approve June 24, also can help him redevelop a crime-saturated area of south B Street into a safer area where people feel safer walking the area.